local bakery

Posted on: Mon, 08/17/2009 - 11:19am
MICHAELS MOM's picture
Joined: 09/23/2006 - 09:00

This will be my son's 1st bday since PA. We've always gotten cool cakes from local baker. Bakery is not peanut free, but offered to take extra precautions re: cross contamination. None of her ingriendients are produced in plant with nuts. Does this seem reasonable? I'm new to this and trying to temper anxiety and paranoia with realism!

Posted on: Mon, 08/17/2009 - 12:32pm
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Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

Michaels Mom,
This is a tough question to answer because as you know-all comfort levels are different.
If it were "me", it would depend on how often/how much they use peanuts and in what form ie. are there crushed peanuts everywhere?
I would need the following:
1. I would need to know and trust the baker/bakery
2. I would need to make sure that when they are making my cake they are not also making a cake with peanuts ie: peanuts everywhere
3. I would want to make sure that the pans and utensils used are thoroughly washed.
4. The cake making area would need to be thoroughly cleaned/washed before making my cake.
These are just some things to think about.
Do I think it's possible you could get a safe cake? Depending on the baker/bakery and how often they use nut products-yes I do.
Do I think it's possible you could get a cake that's not? Sure.
Again, it's all a comfort level thing. If they know exactly what it is you need for them to make a safe cake-and you know exactly how they are making the cakes...you are in a much better position to make a decision one way or the other.
I know this response was probably confusing. It's just that not all situations/bakeries/people are equal. There are a lot of what ifs here that only you know or can get the answer to.
Hope that helps and makes sense!

Posted on: Tue, 08/18/2009 - 3:38am
sidni's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

I think that as long as the bakery is willing to go over the necessary precautions, that you will probably be ok. THey're already double checked with their supplies about whether peanuts are in the facility-- that's a great first step. If the bakery isn't excessively nutty, and they know the severity of the allergy and how even trace amounts can cause reactions, and they're still willing to make the cake, then the certainly must think they can provide a safe cake... No one wants to risk the disaster that could come out of promising a safe cake and causing a reaction...
...But my comfort zone is somewhat more lax than most....
The other option is to make a cake yourself :) It's really not hard to make a simple, delicious sheet-cake, frost it, and decorate it!

Posted on: Wed, 01/06/2010 - 10:09am
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Joined: 01/06/2010 - 09:58

A&J Nut Free Bakery is in Cranston, RI and I believe they ship if you ever are looking for any bakery products in the future.

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